Killybegs native Seamus Coleman has been nominated for the FAI Young International Player of the Year award.
The Everton right-sided player faces competition from Simon Cox from West Bromich Albion and Darren O’Dea of Leeds United, while another two Donegal men has also been short-listed. Ramelton’s Kyle McFadden, who is on the books of Norwich City, is in the running for the U-16 International Player of the Year. He is joined by from Sam Byrne of Manchester United and Jack Grealish from Aston Villa. Also, Fanad United’s Shaun McElwaine is a nomination for Intermediate Player of the Year, fighting it out with Brendan O’Connell from Rockmount and Wayside Celtic’s Ray Whelehan.
Coleman’s rehabilitation following a six-week lay-off with a thigh strain continued on Tuesday afternoon when he made a goal in Everton’s 1-1 draw with rivals Liverpool at the Liverpool Academy.
The 23-year-old crossed for Apostolos Vellios to open the scoring for the team under the management of Alan Stubbs before Raheem Sterling levelled matters for Liverpool.
Coleman scored on his return for Everton’s second string last week against Newcastle United and then played 33 minutes for the first team against his former club Blackpool in a 2-0 FA Cup fifth round win at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Everton have no Premier League fixture this weekend as their scheduled opponents Liverpool are in the Carling Cup final against Cardiff City at Wembley on Sunday. Therefore, the former St Catherine’s and Sligo Rovers defender will turn his attention to making an impression on
Giovanni Trapattoni before Euro 2012 in the Republic of Ireland’s international friendly against Czech Republic at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on Wednesday.
“Glad to get my first 90 minutes since my injury under my belt,” Coleman tweeted.